Race & Climate Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights has launched a new practice area focused on climate resilience and environmental justice in low-income communities of color and immigrant communities.
With each passing year, the impact of climate change on low-income communities of color and immigrant communities becomes more harmful and dramatic. How we address that impact is one of the most pressing civil rights challenges we face today. As leaders on the front lines of justice, we must not only address the disproportionate impact of climate change on low-income communities of color and immigrant communities, but invest in creative and courageous actions in climate resilience planning, decision-making, policy-making, and legal action that include directly-impacted individuals.
While Massachusetts has existing infrastructure for environmental justice work, many of the organizations driving this work tend to focus on environmental issues rather than on the particular communities most affected. Low-income communities of color and immigrant communities are significantly underrepresented in decision-making, planning, and advocacy. Yet these communities are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, heightened proximity to environmental hazards, and a shrinking safety net to protect from extreme climate events and the adverse health impacts of pollution.
Our Race and Climate Justice Project will integrate the voices of low-income people of color and immigrants into climate change discussions, and ensure that solutions reflect the perspectives and needs of our communities.
Race & Climate Justice Project
- Climate change, pollution, and violence drive people to the U.S. border.
- Greenspace plans should be included in all new development projects.
- Language access victory in Boston!
Learn more about this cutting-edge work →Race and Climate Justice FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
News and Resources
Mar 21, 23Preventing Thousands Of Vulnerable Families From Losing Medical Benefits
Mar 02, 23Lawsuit Against U.S. Immigration Agencies on Humanitarian Parole
Mar 01, 23Statement on Martha’s Vineyard Case
Feb 22, 23Forward-Looking Settlement Reached in Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit
Feb 13, 23Martha’s Vineyard Migrants Respond to New Florida Legislation
Feb 06, 23Lawyers for Civil Rights Demands Compliance with MBTA Zoning Law
Feb 03, 23Federal Response to Haitian Migrants Held in Squalor Under Border Bridge
Feb 02, 23Diversifying Vocational Schools in Massachusetts
Jan 30, 23Black Muslim Man Deserves New Trial
Jan 28, 23Tyre Nichols, Terrence Coleman & Reina Morales
Jan 26, 23Boston Police Denies Right to Counsel
Jan 25, 23Botched Police Investigation in East Boston Reinforces Racial Disparities
Jan 04, 23Facing Lawsuit, Barnstable County’s New Sheriff Ends Contract With ICE
Nov 29, 22Martha’s Vineyard Migrants Go After Plane Company, Perla & Top Florida Officials
Nov 17, 22Federal Investigation Into Discriminatory Business Practices At Logan Airport
Oct 31, 22LCR’s Civil Rights Summit
Oct 25, 22Fact-Finding Mission Examines Conditions in Central America
Oct 21, 22Retracing Perla’s Steps in Texas and the Border